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Congratulations to everyone at our Merck project site for achieving 5.5 million safe work hours. The major safety milestone was achieved across a 30-year continuous work relationship between GreenWood and Merck. GreenWood’s team provides Merck with various construction related services. This Merck facility produces vaccines in a plant covering more than one million square feet and has been operational for over seven decades.

At the center of this significant accomplishment is GreenWood’s “Always Aware” safety program which emphasizes safe work practices for individuals and employee teams at all times. The program integrates into the Merck safety standards where prevention of incidents, accidents and injuries is an ongoing priority.

Merck says that safety is the number one priority and credits GreenWood for doing an excellent job in looking out for their interests. Every morning begins with a safety meeting to review jobs and the work involved with projects. GreenWood personnel participate in the Safety Observation Reports (SOR) where they are empowered to recognize safety issues, report them and play an active role to ensure safety practices are always observed. Merck officials commented that “Safety belongs to everyone and GreenWood takes it seriously.  We consider GreenWood a major player and a spoke in the wheel of what we do here at Merck. We are one team, one community.”

Kevin Crittendon says that it takes continuous training and a personal commitment to maintain safe work environments in every job performed. “These milestones are reached only by having a safety mindset through employee engagement at all times. When we do that consistently, we all enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of having zero incidents. Being able to have this kind of relationship for nearly 30 years at Merck is a privilege and we thank them for the opportunities to do even more in the years to come.”

GE Team Addresses COVID-19

Our GE Power project site team in Greenville has been instrumental in keeping the facility safe and open during these unfamiliar times. In response to their hard work, GE expressed their appreciation to Team GreenWood and requested a group picture of all participating members supporting the COVID-19 initiatives and activities. The group is shown in front of the “GE Meatball” sign that will soon be installed above the main entrance to the building.

Those shown in the picture include GreenWood and GE employees who have sanitized break areas, cafeterias, vending machines with parts and supplies, turnstiles, and other areas as identified multiple times per day. This team has also assisted with setting up the new temperature scanning areas, modified break areas, and worked with others to support social distancing. They have sanitized the entire office facilities on two separate occasions along with many other jobs.

A big “thank you” and “job well done” for the great work this amazing team has performed! We appreciate their exceptional efforts during such unusual times.

GreenWood, Inc. was recently presented with the Lighthouse Beam Safety Award for achieving excellence in safety performance throughout their organization. The prestigious award is issued by McGriff Insurance Services. To qualify, a company must achieve outstanding overall safety performance based on criteria for a client’s workers’ compensation policy loss ratio, workers’ compensation experience modification (EMR), and BLS/DART/OSHA recordable incident rate. This marks the ninth consecutive year that GreenWood has met the stringent requirements encompassing the safety and health of employees at all project levels.

“GreenWood continues to achieve outstanding year over year safety results,” says Warren Blanchard, McGriff Insurance Services. “We are proud to recognize their exemplary performance and unwavering focus on safety.”

Mike Simmons, Corporate Director of Safety for GreenWood adds, “Safety is the most important aspect of our business. We emphasize this daily in every job we perform. This recognition from McGriff underscores our commitment to zero incidents and to maintaining the safest work environments possible.”

Several members of Team GreenWood attended the Affinity Risk Control Workshop held in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop provided an informative format with a focus on claims and risk control issues. This is one of the ways we learn how to improve our already strong safety and claims management processes.

It was also a time for all attendees to network and share safety and risk management best practices.  GreenWood was represented by 13 members from several project sites and the home office.

 

GreenWood, Inc. has been approved by the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) to participate in the Carolina Star Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) at our project in Durham, North Carolina.  Participation in this elite program is only for companies that demonstrate onsite safety and health best practices through a rigorous process evaluated, authenticated and approved by a team of NCDOL safety and health experts.

GreenWood has consistently demonstrated that safety and health practices are a vital part of daily operations with a focus on the prevention and control of occupational safety and health hazards.  As a company, we have implemented effective management systems for the prevention of injuries and incidents in the workplace as required by OSHA and the NCDOL.  Operating within the OSHA Star VPP system motivates employees to work safely which leads to better quality and productivity along with reduced workers’ compensation costs.

North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry officially presented the Carolina Star VPP award to GreenWood project and safety leadership members as part of a project-wide event to mark the occasion.

Dow Holds Annual Safety Fair at WVO

GreenWood participated in the annual Dow safety fair at our West Virginia Operations (WVO) project site in South Charleston. The event is held each year to emphasize safety awareness at work and away from the job.  Emily Kinnison, Mike Simmons, Jason Strickland and Cam Clendenin represented GreenWood at this year’s event.

GreenWood joined employees, vendors and numerous contractors at the event where safety materials and promotional products were distributed.  The safety fair reinforces the importance of safety and why it is always a top priority.  GreenWood’s “Always Aware” program is emphasized to underscore best safety practices in all project work with the goal of zero incidents.

 

Several members from Team GreenWood attended the Affinity Insurance Risk Management conference held in conjunction with the National Safety Council Congress & Expo – the largest safety show in the world – in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The National Safety Council is the nation’s leading safety advocate with the mission of eliminating preventable injuries. Project members from 3 different sites represented GreenWood at the event. This year’s theme “Racing to Zero…Safety That Works” provided the backdrop for professional development seminars, learning sessions and networking opportunities.

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